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Flamborough RNLI lifeboat crew strengthened with new helmsman

Lifeboats News Release

Flamborough RNLI volunteer crew member Matthew Emmerson has completed training to be become the stations latest helmsman.

Matthew Emmerson standing infant of Flamborough lifeboat launch and recovery tractor.

RNLI/Ian Smith

Matthew Emmerson following practical assessment
Matthew, who has been a voluntary crew member at Flamborough RNLI for 13 years successfully undertook written and practical assessments on Monday to become Helmsman of the Stations RNLI B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Elizabeth Jane Palmer'.

The training required to become a Helmsman of the RNLI B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat is extensive. The knowledge and skills needed to fulfil the role have been honed through attending courses at the RNLI college in Poole combined with regular station based training and assessments. Modules have included, search and rescue, boat handling, navigation and casualty care, Competence at each stage of Matthews training including his final pass out was checked by an assessor to whom he was required to demonstrate his knowledge and practical skills.

Flamborough Lifeboat Operations Manager David Freeman said 'The training requires a considerable amount of work and commitment. After giving many years of service as a crew member Matthew has an abundance of experience and it's good to see him progress to helmsman. We wish him all the best in his new role.'

Matthew said 'it feels good to have finally qualified as helmsman, I look forward to giving many more years service to Flamborough RNLI in my new role.'

Tractor with lifeboat on the carriage, driving up the slipway from the beach at South Landing.

RNLI/Ian Smith

Flamborough RNLI lifeboat returning to boathouse on carriage.

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